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Michail Antonio’s goal in the fifth minute sent West Ham on their way to a 2-1 victory over Tottenham and condemned the Spurs to a fifth loss in six league games.
The 30-year-old pounced after Eric Dier and Japhet Tanganga failed to deal with Jarrod Bowen’s excellent cross. He was initially unable to make contact, but a touch from Hugo Lloris sent the ball tantalizingly falling for the forward.
He saved it to give David Moyes’ team the perfect start.
The Spurs once again had Sergio Reguilón in their ranks and started well. But the goal shook Spurs and the hosts were dominating early.
At 13 minutes, Harry Kane fired wide from inside the area after an excellent job by Lamela. Tomas Soucek and Tanganga collided heads in the 17th minute when Lucas Moura took a corner kick.
The West Ham midfielder came off worse and, with blood running, required treatment by the local medical team.
José Mourinho was less than impressed with his team, cutting off a frustrated figure. And referee Craig Pawson had a few words with the Portuguese coach in the 34th minute as his temper boiled over.
West Ham’s best chance came from a corner with seven minutes of the half remaining. Aaron Cresswell’s delivery was greeted by a heavy header from Craig Dawson that required a decent save from Hugo Lloris.
The Spurs’ best effort came in first-half stoppage time when Kane forced Fabianski to make a smart save. Neither team created much in the first 45 minutes and West Ham’s compact defense was dominant.
Mourinho brought in Gareth Bale and Matt Doherty for Lamela and Tanganga, but they were soon two goals behind. Jesse Lingard fitted superbly in the 47th minute after being marked by Pablo Fornals.
That ending, @JesseLingard 😳
– West Ham United (@WestHam) February 21, 2021
The goal was initially ruled out, but the VAR overturned the offside decision to Lingard’s delight. It seemed to blow the wind out of the sails of the Spurs looking for a boost from Bale.
Kane did his best to cut the deficit just before the time. His free kick had Fabianski struggling, but he shot out.
The visitors got more into the game as the half progressed. And they were rewarded with a goal in 64 minutes.
Moura got to the end of Bale’s corner and his quick header didn’t give Fabianski a chance. The Spurs began to dominate as the Hammers struggled to maintain their lead.
Antonio and Fornals were reserved while the North Londoners continued to advance.
Once again, Kane approached with a shot from afar before launching a dangerous ball through the area.
West Ham’s ambitious attack was limited to counterattacks and Bale nearly tied things at 79 minutes. The Welshman’s shot crashed into the bar after a good job from Kane.
The last 10 minutes were things from start to finish. The Spurs nearly equalized once more in injury time when Son’s shot hit the post. Everything went to work for Moyes’s men.
Mourinho will undoubtedly feel his team deserved something from the game and Bale’s return to form was a huge advantage. But they still went empty-handed as West Ham advanced to fourth place.
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